As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask. Erich From
Creativity is the ability to see and to respond.
In the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. Erich F
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science. Erich F
Authority is not a quality one person 'has,' in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.
Society, and the family as its psycho social agent, has to solve a difficult problem: How to break a person's will without his being aware of it? Yet by a complicated process of indoctrination, rewards, punishments, and fitting ideology, it solves this task by and large so well that most people beli
Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.
If you do not smile, you are judged lacking in a 'pleasing personality' - and you need to have a pleasing personality if you want to sell your services, whether as a waitress, a salesman, or a physician.
Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. Erich From
Like the effect of advertising upon the customer, the methods of political propaganda tend to increase the feeling of insignificance of the individual voter.
Chronic boredom compensated or uncompensated constitutes one of the major psychopathological phenomena in contemporary technotronic society, although it is only recently that it has found some recognition.
The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.
The real opposition is that between the ego-bound man, whose existence is structured by the principle of having, and the free man, who has overcome his egocentricity.
Man absolutely cannot live by himself.
I believe that one can and must hope for a sane society that furthers man's capacity to love his fellow men, to work and create, to develop his reason and his objectivity of a sense of himself that is based on the experience of his productive energy.I believe that one can and must hope for the colle
The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
Human history began with an act of disobedience and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience
Technical Utopias-flying, for example-have been achieved by the new science of nature.The human utopia...a united new humankind living in solidarity and peace, free from economic determination and from war and class struggle-can be achieved, provided we spend the same energy, intelligence, and enthu
If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.
Love is the child of freedom, never that of domination....
Hate is a product of the unfulfilled life.
Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Love is not a spontaneous feeling, a thing that you fall into, but is something that requires thought, knowledge, care, giving, and respect. And it is something that is rare and difficult to find in capitalism, which commodifies human activity.
Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.
Mother's love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.
Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity, in the many ways in which such violation is possible.
The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.
I believe that the experience of love is the most human and humanizing act that it is given to man to enjoy and that it, like reason, makes no sense if conceived in a partial way.